Anastasia Soft Glam – Review & Swatches!

It seems every time Anastasia release a new palette the beauty world goes a bit crazy.

After all the fuzz around Subculture the question of “will we have another Subculture catastrophe on our hands?” seems to be hanging i the air. For the record, I like Subculture, but let’s not go into that discussion now.

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The opinions on this first upon its release seemed to be split. Many people threw out that “just another neutral palette” comment, and others felt annoyed that this seemed more like a palette with a repetition of already existing shades instead of a new palette with unique shades. And that’s a good point because 7 of the shades in Soft Glam already exist as singles or in their other palettes. I personally don’t have too many Anastasia palettes, so I only got 3 repeats, but for someone with many of her older palettes and singles this may not be worth picking up after all.

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To me it was definitely worth it! I have already used this for quite some time. I got ut already back in early April and it’s already been featured in a favorites post. I guess that alone makes it worth the purchase for me. I guess it was just the combination of both very neutral and beautiful shades that work with every occasion combined with the nice quality that does it for me. But again, as with most Anastasia palettes I’ve tried, it is not perfect!

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Packaging is what seems to have become a standard for Anastasia palettes. The uniform velvet cover with the name only, black inside with a mirror and a brush. Even though I like the simple and clean appearance I would prefer something else than the velvet. I like to keep my palettes for a long time so I would prefer something that was easier to keep looking nice.

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But, you know. Let#s focus on what is important here, the eyeshadows! I do already own some palettes by Anastasia, including Subculture, and I guess it does have some similarities. For example are the matte shades very loosely pressed. But so are they in Modern Renaissance. It just happens to be a happy little incident that three of the shades in Soft Glam are repeats from Modern Renaissance, which makes it easier to compare individual shades in terms of formula shade by shade. Tempera seems to be the same in both palettes. Burnt Orange was quite loosely pressed and dusty in Soft Glam, more so than in Modern Renaissance, but with Cypress Umber it was the opposite because the Soft Glam version was definitely more firm. However, I did not notice any difference in performance on the eyes.

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And they do work great. I had no troubles blending out the shadows, and they applied with ease. No patchy shadow what so ever. The metallics and shimmers also work beautifully. The two more chunky shimmer shades however needed some help. Only the simple help of a dampened brush though, but just be worn that Sultry and Bronze are a bit on the chunky side, and will get fallout. This is something that is missing from Modern Renaissance, those chunky shades that need some help, and that could maybe make people think this is a slightly lesser palette, but to be honest I prefer this.

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And I prefer it not because the shadow quality is superior to Modern Renaissance, they are matching them but they are not better. But more so because I love the color story on this. Yes, it is just a neutral palette and you probably have them all, but for some reason there is just some uniqueness to them that I can’t really explain. It is a basic neutral palette but at the same time it is even more.

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To be honest this must be one of the best basics palette to get, because it does really have it all. The base, the matte transition shades, the soft shimmers, the dark, the intense black that could be an eyeliner and some very glamorous shades when you want to go heavy duty on your look. All you need for every day, and still so much more. If you are not into colors this one palette has everything to get you covered! You do often see neutral palette, but they are not often this well composed! I know Modern Renaissance is a much loved cult favorite, but I have to say Soft Glam is the one I prefer!

Now the new Norvina palette have been introduced to us, and after the very pleasant experience with Soft Glam I for sure will pick it up as soon as it hit’s the shelves here in Europe! Can’t wait!

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Anastasia Soft Glam Makeup looks – 6 looks with one palette!

Even though I have more than my share of neutral eyeshadows I knew I had to pick this up as soon as I saw it. Nothing exceptional about the color selection, but a very nicely composed palette with hopefully good quality shades was what sold me.

As usual I prepare myself for a palette review by creating several different makeup looks so I can test out every shadow in the palette properly. And that’s how these makeup look posts are born. Hopefully that can give some of you suggestions to how to use the palette, or help you figure out if it is something you would enjoy of not by seeing them in action.

As you probably know if you are one of my lovely lovely followers already you know there will be a separate review post with swatches and all the details a few days prior to my makeup look posts. So stay tuned for that!

Anyways, here are my glam makeup looks with the soft glam palette:

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  • Anastasia Soft Glam Palette – Tempera, Rustic, Cyprus Umber, Noir, Bronze.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Golden Luxie.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – bBro30, Bro30.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.

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  • Anastasia Soft Glam Palette – Tempera, Dusty Rose, Sienna, Mulberry, Rose Pink, Sultry, Cyrpus Umber.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum- Bro30, Bro10.
  • Anastasia Dipbor Pomade – Medium Brown.

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  • Anastasia Soft Glam Palette – Tempera, Noir, Rustic, Cyprus Umber, Fairy, Glistening, Bronze.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • NYX Faux White Inner Eye Brightener – Vanilla.
  • Anastasia Dipbrown Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.

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  • Anastasia Soft Glam Palette – Tempera, Sienna, Mulberry, Noir, Fairy Bronze.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Liner – Black.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrown Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10, Bro70.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121

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  • Anastasia Soft Glam Palette- Tempera, Dusty Rose, Mulberry, Noir, Rose Pink.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrown Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro20, Bro40, Bro70.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121
  • MakeupGeek Full Spectrum Eye Pencil – Nude.

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  • Anastasia Soft Glam Palette – Tempera, Burnt Orange, Fairy, Glistening.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black
  • Anastasia Dipbrown Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro80, Bro10.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 409.

I was happy to see that I could with ease make anything from in fact soft glam look to something quite dark and grungy with the selection of shades in this palette.

Did you try the palette? Let me know your favorite eyeshadow combo!

XOXO

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Makeup and Beauty Hauls in March 2018!

Time to make a summary out of all the makeup added to my collection this month. I really enjoy making reviews so you could expect to see many of these in upcoming review posts, but if something is of particular interest then let me know, because that will definitely bump the product up on my endless reviews-I-have-to-make-list!

Anyway, here are the goodies collected in march!

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This is actually more like February, because this was a lovely birthday gift from a friend that I got as a surprise in the mail. I have been drooling over the Zoeva Opulence face palette for a long long time, and I am a very happy camper to finally tick this off my wish list. The Douglas Collection Love Powder highlighting powder was also a part of the gift. Isn’t it just adorable?

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These two Colourpop gems was not bought in March either. I actually purchased these in the beginning of December, but the parcel got lost in the mail. When my first order finally came back to Colourpop I got a refund and could place the order over again. 1st March the Colourpop Dream ST. Palette and the Colourpop Double Entendre Palette was finally both mine! I have been using both of these a lot during the month.

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The Tonymoly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream was actually something I picked up after trying a sample pack I got from one of my K-Beauty skincare purhcases. Clever thing to add samples! Korean BB Creams are very hit or miss for me, some look great but I thing some of the worst BB Creams or foundations I’ve ever tried have also been K-Beauty. So I really like to try samples of them before picking them up. This one gave me a very nice first impression so I had to get a full size.

The Morphe Brushes are from my  MorpheMe subscription that I get monthly. Always nice to add fresh brushes to the collection!

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I am running low on setting spray. Very low! So I got this Mario Badescu Facial Spray. I know it is not supposed to “set” the makeup, but I enjoy a spray that just takes away powderiness and just melts everything together. I also picked up my very first Dose Of Colors Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Berry Me 2”. I figured it was about time I tried something from that brand! The single pan eyeshadow from Makeupgeek is “Ritzy”.

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The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder and the Maybelline Master Dram Kohl Pencil “Ultra Black” are both repurchases since they are much loved products I recently ran out of. Batiste Dry Shampoo is also something I use up frequently so I needed that as well. All the goodies from Wet N’ Wild are new to me. Actually, I’ve never tried anything from Wet N’ Wild before so I picked up some products that I’ve heard all good things about! Always fun to dive into a new and promising drugstore brand.

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I did a little haul of Makeup Revolution, mainly because I needed to try that Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer that so many people seem to love, and the Fast Base Stick Foundation also caught my interest. It is sadly a bit too dark so it has to hang around in my drawer for a while before I get to test it out. I do already know and use those Liquid Higlighters a lot and picked up three new shades: Liquid Rose Gold. Liquid Luminous Luna, and Liquid Dragon’s Blood. The only reason why I picked up the last one was the name….I am easy like that.

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The Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lotion Spray is something I pick up on a regular basis. This is Holy Grail and I use it every time I have a shower. It makes my hair look very shiny and healthy without weighing it down. This is a must have for me, and since I am afraid of running out I picked up two.

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I also got my hands on the Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette. Yes, Just another neutral palette, nothing we haven’t seen before. Most of these shades I could probably dupe. Actually, three of them are already in my Modern Renaissance palette. But, I do enjoy my neutrals, and even though I love love love creating colorful looks, I usually reach for shades like this when I do my makeup for work. So i figured I would get a lot of use out of it. I was right, I got this just before Easter and I have been using it every day through Easter to get to know this palette. And I can already tell I am very happy I picked this up because I have really been having some good makeup day lately.

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I also did received my monthly liquid lipstick subscription featuring these guys. I already have a review of them if you would like to read about how these performed.

I am also slightly annoyed, because this is not everything I picked up, but it is everything I can share with you because I didn’t receive the rest yet. I have a lot of goodies on the way. Just to mention a few you can expect to see on my blog in the future I picked up Juvia,s Place Masquerade, Christen Dominique Latte Palette, Colourpop Luxe lipsticks and most likely some stuff I already forgot about because shipping takes 3-4 weeks and who remembers that long?

I did also buy the Amrezy highlighter but I suddenly got a refund from BeautyBay because something happened and the package was returned. And now they are sold out. Bad thing happen to good people, just saying it! I really hope it is restocked because I was so excited to get my hands on it. Imagine my disappointment when I just got my money back instead of that pretty new highlighter.

Anyway, that sums up my hauls this month. Did you pick up anything for yourself?

XOXO

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